Lincoln National Forest – 5/25/18 – Kellar Fire Update: 10:30am

Incident Name – Kellar Fire

Fire Update: 5/25/2018, 10:30am

Jurisdiction: Lincoln National Forest, Guadalupe Ranger District

Date/Time Detected: 5/22/2018, 9:52am

Location: Northeast of Queen, NM

Lat/Long: Lat: 32°,12′,42.92″, Lon: 104°,40′,45.47″,

Legal Description: T24S, R22E, SWSW Sec 14

Firefighting Resources: Type 3 Incident Management Team, 3 Hot Shot Crews, 2 Engines, 1 Helicopter.
Total personnel: 75

Values at Risk: Community of Queen, NM, Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area, Forage

Hazards: Heat, Terrain

Fuels:  Pinyon Juniper, Desert scrub

Size: 9 acres

Containment: 0%

Cause: Lightning

5/25/18, 10:30am Status:

The Lincoln National Forest has brought in a Type 3 Incident Management Team to assume command of the Kellar Fire, which was reported on May 22, 2018, and was caused by a lightning strike. The Type-3 Team and Forest Service officials will continue to assess the fire, values at risk, terrain and weather to determine the optimal trajectory of the fire. Objectives for today’s operations are to construct fire line north of Queen, NM.  The fire held in size overnight.  Wednesday brought rain to the fire, however as we move into the weekend firefighters can expect warm temperatures. Fire activity is described as low to moderate. The next fire update will be posted this evening at approximately 8 pm.

5/24/2018 Status:

A lightning strike started the low-intensity Kellar Fire, giving fire managers on the Lincoln National Forest the opportunity to use a natural ignition to restore fire to the landscape and achieve multiple resource benefits.

The Kellar Fire is approximately 9 acres just northeast of Queen, NM. Fire managers looked at the fire’s location, conditions on the ground, and historic fire behavior to assess risks and predict fire behavior. The analysis determined that the Kellar Fire is a good candidate to manage for multiple objectives, including mitigating the risk of future high-intensity wildfire and improving long-term forest health.

A Type-3 incident management team, three hot shot crews and two engines were ordered to the fire to support fire operations, which will increase in activity over the next 4-5 days. The next fire update will be mid-morning tomorrow.

5/23/18 Status: Firefighters responded to the Kellar Fire shortly after it was reported yesterday morning. The 4-acre fire was determined to be lightning-caused and is smoldering in pinyon juniper and desert scrub. The Kellar Fire is located in the burn scar of the Last Chance Fire of 2011.  Precipitation today kept fire activity low. Firefighters will return to the scene tomorrow to continue fire operations.

Regarding smoke, in the event of a prescribed fire or wildfire: If visibility becomes lower because of smoke, please visit the NM Department of Health’s smoke page:

PIO: Laura Rabon,   575-434-7211.     Loretta Benavidez,  575-430-5546

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